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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I Survived the Weekend!

Friday night I went with two of my friends to northern WI for the Sayner Stamp-pede.  We go every year and enjoy it immensely!  We stay at the Rustic Motor Lodge which has a nice breakfast and pool and hot tub area.  Friday while the girls were in the hot tub, I rested and iced my foot.  Saturday was a challenge.  We went to the used stamp sale and I had my BIL's behemoth of a walker, but it helped.  Still the aisles were crowded and going in both directions it seemed.  We all sold at least 1/3 of our used stamps, enough to pay for the room.  At the convention, I crutch-ed around from booth to booth until I could make a card.  If I made a card, I almost always bought something!  Love new toys!  We then went to collect our $ from the used stamp sale and went on to Minoqua to make cards and shop at a stamp store, The Baker's Wife.  (can't get enough of those).   We ate at The Thirsty Whale.  Can't get a dinner under $20 but it's so good.  That night we were too pooped to make more cards or anything.  I had to ice my foot and my leg....both were quite swollen.  On Sunday, we stopped at The Mark-It Place to do more shopping!  We then started home, stopped at the liquidator's near Antigo, (love that junk store), then Goodwill where I found a really cute purse for cheap (I also got a ride in the wheelchair).  Stopped at Ho-Chunk near Wittenberg, but didn't know when to walk away again.  I'll have to memorize that Kenny Rogers tune.

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